Education is a bulwark of a society and it is a panacea to lead society to the path of progress, prosperity, development, peace, tolerance, harmony, bond of fraternity & humanity. It is crystal clear that human values and education are non-hyphenated terms like two sides of a coin. Human values and education are inextricably related like nail & flesh. We provide education to an individual to enable him/her to be a complete human being full of human virtues along with professional competencies & skills. Yet more, education helps the individual get assimilated & get immersed in a society encapsulating the virtues like humbleness, respectfulness, sincerity, morality, ethics, communal harmony, collaboration, team- work, empathy, kindness and so on. Thus, the core human values should be inculcated in the pupils for the multi-dimensional development of an individual and thereby all-round development of a society and a nation.
It is indeed invigorating and exhilarating experience for me to put down my reflection on the eye-opening presentation on “Lessons Learnt from Japanese Education, Human Values and daily life: Implication for Nepal facilitated by Bhanubhakta Bhatt, the section officer of government of Nepal and currently JDS scholar in Japan in the 32nd episode of Chaitanya Chintan program(International Virtual Conference) organized by Chaitanya Institute of Management, Shankhmul, Kathmandu. During the session ,the attendees were spellbound with the insightful content he presented. Japan as a highly developed country has numerous messages to deliver about multifarious realms of life to the entire world. He began his session eulogizing Japan and the Japanese people.
The Japanese have soft corner in their hearts for nature . They incorporate culture with education. As virtue is its own reward. They are distinguished by the classical and virtuous qualities like humbleness ,politeness ,respectfulness and many more . They permeate the perfume of all the daily life human values like gratitude , apology , respectfulness ,politeness ,kindness ,cleanliness , punctuality ,utmost discipline ,hardwork ,dutifulness ,empathy ,utmost teamwork etc. All these values are inculcated at school. So far as the paradigm shifts in pedagogy are concerned ,they no longer practice old -timey pedagogical practices like Jug and mug theory ,spoon feeding ,authoritarian teacher, teacher as orchestra director and so forth. Furthermore, Mr.Bhatt remarkably remarked that the Japanese education system meets all the universally famed and tamed instructional pedagogical practices. They believe that child mind is not a blank sheet paper rather full of potentiality. Education is for bringing out inner potential of learners. The learners are not parasite ; they are co-creators of knowledge. The country Japan fosters learner centered teaching. Education is a key tool for character development. Teacher serves an exemplary role model of ice-breaker ,dream seller ,warm blanket etc .There is a practice of valuing group work , project work ,interaction ,field trips from elementary to the university level .
Mr.Bhatt stated that education is for mental ,emotional physical ,social and moral development of a person. It is for three hundred sixty degree development of a person. Interestingly, all those soothingly sensational arts of life like : anger management ,stress management ,teamwork and physical exercise are the superlative priorities there. As a part of his autoethnographic experience, he said that the practice of human values is the attention-arresting here. Education is taken as a tool to hone all handy skills like hard skills ,soft skills, life skills and critical thinking. What can Nepal learn from the Japanese paradigm shifts in pedagogy..!!!He mentioned somewhat implications of Japanese education for Nepal. We must learn that education should be value-based and life skill oriented .It is for fostering hard skills and soft skills both .Focus should be on creativity and practical education. The need of the hour is that Simplicity, Humbleness & Dutifulness should be embraced. Education should relate with daily life and nature. We can learn to promote hard working culture, accountability and promotion of human values like sincerity, politeness and respectfulness can be brought into consideration.
In a nutshell, Mr. Bhatt’s meticulously groundbreaking presentation on Human values & Japanese education system is worth listening and on the top of that, it is worth implementing in our country, Nepal. I would like to offer bucketful thanks to presenter Mr. Bhanu Bhakta Bhatt (JDS scholar at Ritsumeikan University, Japan) and the organizer for showering the fountain of knowledge, awareness and paradigms regarding the essence of human values with vivid examples of educational practices & daily life in Japan.
By : Ghanshyam Bhatta Lecturer, Amity College, Mahendranagar